4:270 – Feels Good
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My kids used to watch a show called Henry Danger, and the main character’s catchphrase was “Feels Good”. I was thinking about it this morning when someone asked me how I was. I am doing ok today. There are things that I’m not happy about including aches and pains and knowing that others are struggling. It is ok to feel good and celebrate it even if others are feeling bad. You don’t have to feel bad to be empathetic and help. I can understand and feel someone’s pain and recognize that I’m doing ok and things are getting better. It’s not mutually exclusive. Sure, misery loves company, but we don’t have to feel bad just because others are feeling down.
Today’s Questions: Do you let your mood and outlook be affected by others? How do you remain positive when others are struggling or being negative?
- 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
- Deuteronomy 7:26 – And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction.
- Hebrews 3:13 – But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
It is easy to be brought down by those who are negative. Our verses tell us that we don’t want to “bring an abominable thing” into our house or our spirit. This negativity can ruin our mood and outlook. We need to support, help, build up and provide for those who need it. We can be sad and empathetic for others but we must keep our faith and express our own feelings.
Right now, I’m doing ok and that’s an improvement. It’s something to celebrate as it feels good. It doesn’t mean someone else isn’t hurting or having a bad day. Personally, I think when you are doing good it’s easier to help those who are not. And yes, there are two groups of people. Those who chose to be negative and those who are hurt and need help. For those that chose to be negative, there isn’t much to do except love them and be there for them. Those who are hurt, we can help, support, and love. None of that requires us to let our light dim.
As we close, it is hard to remain positive when others are not. You can celebrate when you feel good and be empathetic. You can celebrate when you feel good and others are hurting.
Lord Jesus, thank you for improvements and positive change. Thank you for your healing power. We pray that you help us remain positive and celebrate what you give us. At the same time, help us to be empathetic, supportive, and kind to those who are struggling. Let us treat them with love, respect, and care as you taught us. We pray this in your name, Amen.